Monday, November 20, 2017

Black Arts, Tarts and Gypsy Carts by Erin Johnson - #review #giveaway


With the Summer Sea Carnival visiting the enchanted island of Bijou Mer, Imogen jumps at the chance to help run the royal bakery booth. It’ll get her out of the palace and allow her to continue avoiding her feelings for a certain engaged prince.

Imogen’s plans to lay low are shattered when the world-famous necromancer, Madame Zerna, is found dead, sawed in half on the dark magician’s table and Imogen’s friend Rhonda is caught red-handed. With incriminating evidence piling up against Rhonda, Zerna’s rival, Imogen promises to help clear her name by finding the real murderer.

My 2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge Sign-up


The Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge is hosted by the inimitable Lori at Escape With Dollycas.  Click on the button above to go to the sign-up page, where the details of this challenge are listed.

Below is my tentative list (because I think it will be easier for me to keep track of things that way).  It is not necessary to pick your books beforehand.  Links go to GoodReads for now.  When the read/review is finished, I'll change the link to where my review is - usually another post on this blog.  If 'planned for' with a date/month is after the entry, the book is also being used for the 2018 Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge.

A - Above and Beyond (To Serve & Protect #1) by Kathryn Shay (tentative for January)
B - Brownies and Betrayal by Heather Justesen (planned for November)
C - CS Lewis: A Life Inspired by Christopher Gordon (tentative for February)
D - Dark Isle: Book 2 by Shannon Mayer (tentative for March)
E - Enchantress: The Evermen Saga #1 by James Maxwell (tentative for April)
F - Fortune's Flower by Anthea Lawson (planned for May)
G - Gumbeaux by Kimberly Vargas (tentative for May) 
H - Homemade Body Scrubs by Dogwood Apps (tentative for June)
I - Ice Blue by Emma Jameson (planned for June)
J - Just Evil (Evil Secrets Trilogy #1) by Vicki McKeehan (tentative for July)
K - Kiss of Fire (Imdalind #1) by Rebecca Ethington (tenative for August)
L - Limelight by Emily Organ (planned for March)
M - The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena B. Miller (tentative for September)
N - Nailed (Ron Ketchum #1) by Joseph Flynn (tentative for October)
O - The One You Love (Emma Holden #1) by Paul Pilkington (tentative for November)
P - The Price of Innocence by Bryan Devore (tentative for December)
Q - Murder in the Latin Quarter by (Maggie Newberry #7) by Susan Kiernan-Lewis (tentative for January)
R - The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson (planned for December)
S - Sweets and a Stabbing by Harper Lin (planned for February)
T - There's Always a Catch by Stephanie Taylor (planned for September)
U - Unexpected Gifts (Castle Mountain Lodge #1) by Elena Aitken (tentative for February)
V - Vampire Catch (The Angler #2) by Annie Nicholas (NOTE: listed as such on Amazon; listed as "Catch (The Angler #2) on GR.  Hope this is ok.  It not, it's cool.  It's not like I'm lacking *vampire* for books *vampire* starting with "V" *vampire* anyway. *lol*) (tentative for March)
W - White Hell by Remington Kane (planned for January)
X - **going to have to do some searching on this one** (tentative for April)
Y - Yellow Ribbon (Devlin Haskell #1) by Mike Faricy (planned for August)
Z - The Zombie Chronicles #1 by Chrissy Peebles (tentative for May)

There.

Is that clear as mud?

Well, it's 6:10 in the morning and I'm needing a 2nd cup of coffee, so please be gentle. :O)  Escape With Dollycas & My Reader's Block are great places to find reading challenges (I know there are others, but these are the 2 that come to mind right now.  Oh, and of course, GoodReads!  If you know of sites hosting RC's, please let us know in the comments! 

You don't have to pick books before your start the challenge, I'm just hoping that my record-keeping gets a little better in 2018.  I usually get the reading done with no problem, but get behind on the link-ups and such and then wind up letting everything drop.  Trying to do better in the new year!

Friday, November 17, 2017

That Olde White Magick by Sharon Pape - #review #giveaway


It’s time to work her crime-solving magic again . . .

Kailyn Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. Her family’s been here for centuries, and she’d like to keep up the tradition. But the place may never be the same if a big hotel gets built, so she does her civic duty and attends a town meeting along with her aunt Tilly . . . and Merlin. Yes, that Merlin—though he gets introduced to folks as her “distant English cousin.” The wizard is pretty grumpy about being transported here, but there are things about the modern world he doesn’t mind—like pizza.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Murder by the Barrel by Lesley Cookman - #review #giveaway


A new title in the popular cosy crime series by bestselling author Lesley Cookman

When the sleepy village of Steeple Martin announces its first beer festival, the locals are excited. Beer, sun and music, what could possibly go wrong?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My 2018 Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge Sign-Up


The popular Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge has a new host this year..., Bev at My Reader's Block!  Click on the banner for the sign-up details on her blog.  She also hosts a number of other reading challenges, so be sure to check them out!

Below is a chart of the possible keywords for the month.  Sorry, I tried to make it bigger, but it wasn't happening for me...the letters got so blurry it was practically unreadable.  So maybe it will have one of those 'click the image to make it larger' abilities when it posts or you can go to the challenge HQ to see a better copy:


January - A White Hell by Remington Kane  (WHITE)
February - Sweets and a Stabbing (Pink Cupcake Mysteries #1) by Harper Lin  (PINK)
March - Limelight (Penny Green #1) by Emily Organ (GREEN)
April - When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason (CLEAR)
May - Fortune's Flower by Anthea Lawson (FLOWER)
June - The Solemn Bell by Allyson Jeleyne (BELL)
July - Ice Blue (Lord & Lady Hethridge #1) by Emma Jameson (BLUE)
August - Yellow Ribbon (Dev Haskell #11) by Mike Faricy (YELLOW)
September - There's Always a Catch (Christmas Key #1) by Stephanie Taylor (ALWAYS)
October - When Danger Calls (Blackthorne Inc #1) by Terry O'Dell (BLACK)
November - Brownies and Betrayal (Sweet Bites #1) by Heather Justesen (BROWN)
December - The Red Door Inn (PEI #1) by Liz Johnson (RED)

Note:  Historically I have an abysmal record at reading challenges.  Not with the reading, I get plenty of that, but with the record-keeping end of things.  But hope springs eternal (someone said), so I'm trying again this year and tweaking things a little by choosing my books first (where possible).

As I finish and review the books, the Goodreads links above will switch to a link for the review.

Oh, and if you have any tips for keeping up with the dotting the i's and crossing the t's on these challenges, please leave a tip below! 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Death at the Emerald by R. J. Koreto - #review #giveaway


One-named stunning actress Helen mysteriously vanished 30 years ago. An elderly family friend is unable to bear not knowing any longer and commissions Lady Frances Ffolkes to track her down. Taking on the role of Lady Sherlock, with her loyal maid Mallow drafted as her Watson, Frances finds herself immersed in the glamorous world of Edwardian theater and London’s latest craze—motion pictures.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Fatal Collection by Mary Ellen Hughes - #review


Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie, who lives in a fairy-tale cottage in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of unique collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Just as they’re beginning to reconnect, Callie discovers her aunt’s body on the floor of her music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie finds she can’t accept Melodie’s death being called accidental. How could her strong and healthy aunt take such a fatal fall? And why was she there in the middle of the night?